Of all the earthly music, that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
In our life there is a single color, as on an artist`s palette,
which provides the meaning of life and art.
It is the color of love.
~ Marc Chagall
The greatest thing you ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
~ Nat King Cole
Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
~ Charlie Brown
We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.
To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up.
~ Ogden Nash
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
~ Henry Drummond
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. ~ Erich Segal
~ LINDA'S ANGEL STORY ~
Linda Stewart's near-death experience changed her life and brought her unusual gifts:
A curious manifestation after my near-death experience was that I began seeing a white glow and glint of lights around people and objects. Because I had had so many physical anomalies during my illness, I assumed the "lights" were another, optical side effect of the illness. I was later shown that the lights were far more than that.
As my health had slowly improved, I occasionally drove myself short distances to appointments. One day as I was driving down a busy street, I stopped at a red light and watched an odd scene unfold before me. A delivery truck had parked on the right side of the street about a half-block ahead. The truck was one that opened from the sides rather than the back. I watched as the driver walked around to the traffic side of his truck and began unloading his cargo with oncoming traffic approaching. Inside my car, I said out loud in my little southern voice, "Oh honey, you shouldn't do that, it's dangerous."
On this notable day, I watched, stunned, as the familiar dancing lights around the delivery man swirled, quickly coalescing into the form of a breath-taking, translucent, beautiful woman-spirit, glowing with light. Perhaps it was because I had sent a loving and concerned thought about the delivery mans' well-being that the spirit turned her loving gaze on me. For a brief moment, our eyes met. She smiled at me, then, hovering over the unsuspecting man, returned her attention to her charge who was oblivious to the heavenly presence and was busily going about his business. I was thunderstruck.
Barely breathing for fear the vision would leave, and mesmerized by the vision, I was reluctant to take my eyes off the beauty of the scene; however, from my peripheral vision, I became aware of even more compelling lights. When I was able to tear myself away from the spirit, I glanced slowly at the vista around me and everywhere I looked, every single person in my view had beautiful, loving spirits attending them. People walking nonchalantly down the sidewalk were accompanied by spirits. From within cars, unfettered by physical barriers, I could see the glow and form of beings around the occupants. I saw joggers with flutters of light streaking behind them as their spirit kept pace. As people entered and left buildings, light beings followed. The view before me was filled with brilliant, white light.
From the limited understanding of my human mind, I struggled to comprehend the meaning of what I saw. I knew the lights were connected to the individual people, although more of them, than with them, almost as if they were an extension of their existence - a light connection to an aspect of their Higher Self. The lights, a connection to the humans, which were glinting off the beings were so bright and expansive, they interconnected, forming a sort of light grid. I remembered reports in books on the near-death experience of people seeing grids on the other side that they didn't know how to explain.
As I looked at the network of light before me and felt the immense outpouring of love coming from the beings, I realized the connection of human beings to the Beings of Light was through love and that the love itself was connected through this grid.
I was startled back to everyday awareness by the blasting of a horn. I looked down at my speedometer and realized I was barely creeping forward in the car. With sheets of tears streaming down my face and all but blind with emotion, I pulled to the side of the road until I could take in all that I had witnessed and regain my composure. I don't know how long I sat, taking in the wonder of that event but I couldn't move until the spectacular vision slowly dissipated, returning to the more familiar form of lights around the bodies of the people I watched.
I was reluctant to leave because I hoped the angels would return, and I called them angels because I didn't know what else to say. But when I gathered my senses enough to drive, I made my way home. -- Linda Stewart - To read more of her story, go to: http://www.near-death.com/stewart.html
THE ANIMALS' CORNER
We all love animals. Why do we call some "pets" and others "dinner?"
-- K. D. Lang
"What we choose to eat makes a powerful statement about our ethics and our view of the world -- about our very humanity.
"Whenever we choose not to buy meat, eggs, and dairy products, we withdraw our support from cruelty to animals, undertake an economic boycott of factory farms, and support the production of cruelty-free foods.
"Regardless of any other beliefs we hold and however else we choose to lead our lives, each of us can decide to act with kindness and compassion. Making humane choices is the ultimate affirmation of our humanity." -- From Vegan Outreach
"I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." -- Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
SMITHFIELD FOODS One Of Our Country's Worst Polluters
"America's top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat.
"Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That's a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, (plus 29 other major U.S. cities).
"Smithfield's pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouse-like barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around. Forty fully grown 250-pound male
hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment. They trample each other to death. There is no sunlight, straw, fresh air or earth.
"Factory pigs are infused with a huge range of antibiotics and vaccines, and are doused with insecticides. Without these compounds -- oxytetracycline, draxxin, ceftiofur, tiamulin -- diseases would likely kill them. Thus, factory-farm pigs remain in a state of dying until they're slaughtered. When a pig nearly ready to be slaughtered grows ill, workers sometimes shoot it up with as many drugs as necessary to get it to the slaughterhouse under its own power. As long as the pig remains ambulatory, it can be legally killed and sold as meat.
The cruelty to the animals and the disastrous effects on the health of the people that eat their flesh aren't the only evils. Smithfield Foods, the nation's top hog producer, is also one of America's worst polluters." If you want a behind-the-scenes look at the pork industry, you can read the entire article by Jeff Tietz, an investigative reporter.
Every day, each of us is faced with choices: We can choose to hurt or help, to be cruel or kind. This Valentine's Day let's make a kind choice with these
delicious vegetarian meals. "Love Is In The Fare!" VegCooking.com
"I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls. God knows that I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me." -- Alex Poulos
"Bea Arthur Takes On KFC" -- "Actor Bea Arthur, best known for playing Dorothy on The Golden Girls, has taken on a new role - narrating PETA's "Kentucky Fried Cruelty" video illustrating the worst abuses of chickens by KFC's factory farm and slaughterhouse suppliers.
Bea also made 30- and 60-second radio and TV public service announcements calling on consumers to boycott KFC until it makes changes in the treatment of the animals raised for its restaurants." To read more about Bea and KFC...
Want to lose a few pounds? What about 10 lbs. a month? Then try this vegetarian weight-loss diet -- an easy, simple program, and they even have a Diet-Support service! Vegetarian Weight-Loss
ON THIS DAY, FEBRUARY 14, IN...
1778 - The Stars and Stripes was carried to a foreign port, in France, for the first time. It was aboard the American ship Ranger.
1803 - Moses Coats received a patent on the apple parer.
1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the picture.
1859 - Oregon became the 33rd member of the Union.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. It was officially issued on March 7, 1876.
1889 - In Los Angeles, CA, oranges began their first trip to the east.
1895 - Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James' Theatre in London
1899 - The U.S. Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections.
1900 - Russia imposed tighter imperial control over Finland in response to an international petition for Finland's freedom.
1903 - The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
1912 - The first diesel engine submarine was commissioned in Groton, CT.
1912 - Arizona was admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
1918 - The motion picture "Tarzan of the Apes" was released.
1920 - The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. Its first president was Maude Wood Park.
1939 - Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of "Gone With the Wind".
1946 - ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was unveiled. The device, built at the University of Pennsylvania, was the world's first general purpose electronic computer.
1952 - Sixth Winter Olympics games opens in Oslo, Norway.
1962 - U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the White House on television.
1978 - First "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments.
1983 - A 6-year-old boy became the first person to receive a heart and liver transplants in the same operation.
1989 - The first satellite of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit around Earth.
1997 - Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery began a series of spacewalks that were required to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.
BOOK REVIEW "Blessing the Bridge" by Rita M. Reynolds
"Like a hospice worker, the author cares for sick and dying animals, helping them comfortably cross the threshold into death. At times, the book reads like a kindly vet's instruction book, teaching basic skills in respectfully handling a dying animal.
"She also believes in divine and angelic influences when it comes to helping animals cross over: "Much like the physician or midwife who helps through the birthing process, the angelic ones stand ready to assist those who are dying - waiting on the spirit side of the bridge called death. "There is no question in Reynolds's mind that animals possess unique souls or that they move onto an afterlife. She even tells of seeing the spirits of dead animals visiting her. Many of her lessons are conveyed through real-life stories, where she releases and embraces dying animals, she shows us how to soothe animals' deaths, while also offering us abiding wisdom about life on earth."
Fortunately, as Rita says...the angelic ones stand ready to assist those who are dying for none of the factory farm animals will ever know love and compassion from the humans in whose care they live. So the question, "Why are some animals called pets, and some dinner?" can be answered: Because almost everyone grew up eating meat, wearing fur and leather and going to circuses and zoos; and the impact of these actions on the animals involved seldom crossed our minds.
Even though we know intellectually that pets and
pigs have the same capacity to feel pain, as children, we are rarely taught awareness
and compassion in our homes or schools. This is what causes us to think of one animal as a friend and another as food.
As Linda's and Rita's stories above illustrate, there are ALWAYS those who are constantly guiding and assisting all of us, both human and animal - and thank heavens for that! So this Valentine's Day, my
gratitude goes to them and to YOU who are joining together to expand our knowledge in our journey toward greater love and kindness.
For the rest of this year, the newsletter will be
created every other month, unless there are some really amazing stories or news that I have to share with you as soon as possible.
Thank you again for your interest, your stories and your comments.
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